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**** This was taken by my dad, not me ****

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Alrighty…now you all know my dad turned 75 on Thursday and got a digicam as a present from my mum and I. Not only is this his first dip into the digital pool, but it’s been over a decade since he’s taken any pics at all…

…hence my title for this pic. ‘Cos of him getting back into photography. Big diff for him, though. His old cam was a Yashica Electro 35 (awesome cam) and this new one is like a little sliver of material in his hands in comparison. So he’ll have to get used to that.

But from this pic, I reckon he’s well on his way Smile

Now I didn’t want to process this too much ‘cos I want it to be “his shot” as much as poss. The only things I’ve done are increase contrast by 10% and decrease brightness by 10%.

This was taken in the evening of his birthday after a lovely dinner. We went for a drive and he caught this sky at a reservoir.

Nice one, Pap Smile

A.

PS The title was inspired by Bill's (the woolly one) comment yesterday about it never being too late to resume.

Camera:Olympus T-100 Check out Olympus Image Space!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:REBIRTH
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:13 Mar 2010 - 4:27 PM
Tags:Birthday, Clouds, Dad, Landscape / travel, Rays, Sunrays, Sunset
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7332 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom886 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 4:35 PM

Get your Dad on the site! He has a great eye for light and that's what it's all about - not processing. Without light there's nothing doing.
I think experience is showing here, if not digital experience - the rays of light and the rim-lighting on the cloud are magic.
Moira

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 4:44 PM

WOW! Your dad just has to join ePZ, so that we can see more wonderful images like this. Absolutely amazing. Carol

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digital_boi
13 Mar 2010 - 4:47 PM

happy birthday excellent start to his digital world click

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JdeNLucas
JdeNLucas  53 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 4:50 PM

Lovely image and a great souvenir ! Best wishes, John

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 5:02 PM

Beautiful light. A superb capture.
Steve.

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franken
franken e2 Member 112924 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 5:06 PM

Beautiful light in this.

Ken

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colmar
colmar  642 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 5:20 PM

A beautiful composition and capture the minimal processing was a good move... wonderful light the detail along the edge of that cloud is superb and presentation is good..... shortlisted this one !
Colin

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 5:20 PM

Well done your Dad I say!! Gorgeous light here. Hope he enjoys his hobbie again.
Barbara

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cantona43
cantona43  8851 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 5:28 PM

wow sign him up on here Andrew, it is a cracking shot superb sky and light well done Dad
Neil

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Beautiful image indeed Andrew - well done indeed !

Chris

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ringyneck
ringyneck  7293 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 5:35 PM

NICE ONE DAD

Keith

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 5:40 PM

A powerful composition and a very good one. The source of light is central, essential here to capture the rays on diagonals: that top right corner is perfection. My compliments to your dad!
I remember the Yashica Electro 35, always wished I'd had one. A much under-rated make.
ATB
Bill

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borrower
borrower  4 England
13 Mar 2010 - 5:58 PM

WOW............
Louise

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 6:00 PM

lovethe mood....excellent

great presentation

oliver

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 6:09 PM

Well now, that Dad of yours most certainly has talent! Amazing composition.

Ann

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 7Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 6:16 PM

Wow....that is a powerful shot!!!!! I do hope we see more of him.
Thanks for the help with the orchid....much appreciated. I hope I can keep it growing for awhile. It is very difficult in our cool, dry climate. I have to take it into the shower every so often for some humidity treatmentsSmile

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cassiecat
cassiecat  539 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 6:26 PM

nice one dad Tongue move over chili lol! lovely light rays. what no large version andrew? lesley Smile

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sable
sable  5 England7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 6:27 PM

Well this certainly as the WOW factor - one of the nicest sunsets I have seen for quite some time - Elizabeth

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Mynett
Mynett  5137 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 6:29 PM

oh wow..... he has not lost his touch.... this is one of the best I have seen today or even this week.... honest

I have it on my list

tell him well done and to get a membership

Linda Wink

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GalleryGirl
13 Mar 2010 - 6:57 PM

Happy Birthday to Dad. Belated of course. Super shot and rays. well done A.

Marilyn x

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 4Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 7:17 PM

That is certainly a dramatic composition, and to think after all the time not going near a camera...and this is his first, wow!
Time to join him up so we can see his as well as yours
Lillian

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
13 Mar 2010 - 7:58 PM

A stunning image with lots of atmosphere, keep going Chilimans dad.
Christine

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 8:50 PM

An truely beautiful image. If this is hos first shot in a decade, can't wait to see what he's capable of once he gets warmed up!

Andy

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 8:56 PM

I have already picked out his epz name--- Chileman'sDad--- am so looking forward to more inspiring images from him!
Jennnnnnnnn

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Mynett
Mynett  5137 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2010 - 10:18 PM

What a response so far.... bet you are so very proud of him

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 6135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
13 Mar 2010 - 10:31 PM

Wow ! What an amazing capture, love the rays, congrats lovely Dad

Nicky

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 81874 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 10:15 AM

You have got competition on you hands here Andrew. What a great shot from Dad. Superb light.
Brian.

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 2:52 PM

What an awesome sky Andrew.
Bob

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gingerdelight
14 Mar 2010 - 4:10 PM

Very well done Andrew's dad! A stunning shot - he really should get on this site in his own right!
Carol

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Mynett  5137 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 4:53 PM

just to say congratulations on the award this is so well deserved it is on my shortlist too....

Linda

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 5:10 PM

Oh my...first off, thank you soooooo much, Colin and Mari, for your superbous award!

And thank you all soooooo much for your responses and awesome comments SmileSmileSmileSmile

My dad is gonna be over the moon.

He's not a computer person but I'm gonna suggest to him opening his own account and I could always upload for him. Or if not, I can do what I'm doing now and upload his pics from time to time.

Jennnn, I love your idea for a username. Gonna run it by him.

A Smile

Last Modified By ChiliMan at 14 Mar 2010 - 5:13 PM

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TyChee e2 Member 9184 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 3:55 AM

Outstanding!
Ty

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 4Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 - 2:20 PM

A wonderful image, love the light and sky, congratulations to your Dad, Andrew.
Roy

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
16 Mar 2010 - 10:57 AM

Superb<
cor

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 4:56 PM

Superb shot by your dad; obviously what they say about riding bikes is true for cameras too
Tim

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photophantom
18 Mar 2010 - 1:54 PM

wonderful!
D

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 5:43 PM

Wow what a wonderful sunset Andrew, you must get your photographic talent from your old man, sign him up now I say

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2010 - 1:21 PM

Excellent stuff &mdash; get him signed up! Grin

I wonder if this would benefit from a little rotation, though, since the shore slopes down from the left-hand side to the centre of the frame, and the rest of the shore isn't really visible in the darkness. There are several possible causes for this:
&mdash; the shore being in receding perspective;
&mdash; barrel distortion from the wide end of the zoom lens;
&mdash; camera not held quite straight.
Whatever the cause, it creates the illusion that the horizon isn't straight, which is slightly uncomfortable and would be fixed by a rotation.

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